FC Honka

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FC Honka
FC Honka logo.svg
Full nameHonka
Founded1957
Ground Tapiolan Urheilupuisto,
Espoo
Capacity6,000
Chairman Färid Ainetdin
Manager Vesa Vasara
League Veikkausliiga
2020 4th
Website Club website
Tapiolan Urheilupuisto in 2007 Tapiolan urheilupuisto.jpg
Tapiolan Urheilupuisto in 2007

FC Honka (also known as Esport Honka) is a Finnish football club, based in Espoo. It was founded in 1957 as Tapion Honka, and changed its name to FC Honka in 1975. The club currently play in the Finnish premier division ( Veikkausliiga ), having been promoted for the first time in their history at the end of the 2005 season. The club's manager is Vesa Vasara and it plays its home matches at Tapiolan urheilupuisto.

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FC Honka is largely renowned in Finland for its extensive youth scheme with over 1000 youth players playing in various age groups. It also has women's football team in the Kansallinen Liiga.

History

Until 2005 FC Honka was thought of as a "nearly, but not quite" team, a promising but always underachieving side in the Finnish First Division (Ykkönen). In the late 1990s the objective was promotion, but year after year they failed. At the beginning of the 21st century FC Honka almost went bankrupt but was saved at the last moment. In early 2005 the club was taken over by Jouko Pakarinen and Jouko Harjunpää, who had a plan to turn FC Honka from underachievers to a UEFA Champions League candidate.

In the first year of their take-over of FC Honka, the new management succeeded in assembling a squad which won the First Division (Ykkönen) with ease and also made the semi-finals of the Finnish Cup where they eventually lost 1–0 to FC Haka.

FC Honka was able to fight for top positions instantly, but narrowly missed the top three in their first two seasons. In 2007 the team reached the Finnish Cup final, losing to Tampere United on penalties after extra time. As Tampere United also won the league title that season, FC Honka qualified for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. In 2008, FC Honka achieved its highest place by finishing 2nd in the league.

FC Honka won the Finnish Cup in 2012. However, due to financial difficulties the team was relegated to the third tier Kakkonen in 2015. In 2015 the fitness center company Esport bought the club and after that, the club has also been known as Esport Honka. The club dominated their first season in the Kakkonen in 2015 and lost only two games, but were defeated in the promotion battle. After the 2016 season, the team was promoted to the second tier Finnish First Division (Ykkönen). After the 2017 Ykkönen season Honka was promoted to the highest Finnish tier (Veikkausliiga) after Promotion playoffs against HIFK.

Honours

League

Veikkausliiga

Ykkönen

Cups

Finnish Cup

Finnish League Cup

Friendly

La Manga Cup

European competitions

As runners-up in yh 2007 Finnish Cup to Tampere United, who had also won the league title, FC Honka qualified for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, beating Icelandic ÍA 4–2 in the 1st qualifying round and Norwegian Viking in the 2nd. In the first round of actual competition, they were drawn against Racing Santander and lost 0–2 on aggregate.

Next year, Honka qualified for the new UEFA Europa League, starting from the second qualifying round. The club beat Welsh Bangor City F.C. 3–0 on aggregate but lost 1–3 to FK Karabakh from Azerbaijan in the third qualifying round.

For the 2010–11 season, FC Honka was again drawn against Bangor City in the second round but lost 3–2 on aggregate.

During the winter of 2009, Honka won the annual La Manga Cup, beating FC Nordsjælland in the final.

European cups record

CompetitionPldWDLGFGA
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 175391421
UEFA Intertoto Cup 413075
Total216692126

Matches

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round Flag of Estonia.svg TVMK 0–04–24–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
Second round Flag of Denmark.svg AaB 2–21–13–3 (a) Symbol delete vote.svg
2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Flag of Iceland.svg IA Akranes 3–01–24–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
Second qualifying round Flag of Norway.svg Viking Stavanger 0–02–12–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
First round Flag of Spain.svg Racing Santander 0–10–10–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Bangor City 2–01–03–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
Third qualifying round Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Qarabağ FK 0–11–21–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Bangor City 1–11–22–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Flag of Estonia.svg JK Nõmme Kalju 0–02–02–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
Second qualifying round Flag of Sweden.svg BK Häcken 0–20–10–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Flag of Poland.svg Lech Poznań 1–31–22–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Flag of Estonia.svg Sillamäe Kalev 3–21–24–4 (a) Symbol delete vote.svg
2020–21 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Flag of Denmark.svg AGF N/A2–5N/A Symbol delete vote.svg
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League First qualifying round

UEFA club ranking

This is the UEFA Club Ranking As of June 2014, including season 2013–14. [1]

Last update: 24 June 2014

RankTeamPoints
299 Flag of Bulgaria.svg PFC Cherno More Varna 4.125
300 Flag of Latvia.svg Skonto FC 4.000
301 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg HŠK Zrinjski Mostar 4.000
302 Flag of Latvia.svg FK Liepājas Metalurgs 4.000
303 Flag of Finland.svg FC Honka 3.935
304 Flag of Norway.svg Fredrikstad FK 3.855
305 Flag of Iceland.svg Breiðablik UBK 3.850
306 Flag of Moldova.svg FC Milsami Orhei 3.825
307 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Khazar Lankaran FK 3.825

Season to season

Season to Season
SeasonLevelDivisionSectionAdministrationPositionMovements
1964Tier 4Aluesarja(Fourth Division)Group 1 Helsinki & Central UusimaaHelsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa)4th
1965Tier 4Aluesarja(Fourth Division)Group 2 Helsinki & Central UusimaaHelsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa)1stPromoted
1966Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)HelsinkiFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
1967Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)Helsinki & UusimaaFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stPromoted
1968Tier 2Suomensarja(Second Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)8th
1969Tier 2Suomensarja(Second Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
1970Tier 2II Divisioona(Second Division)East GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
1971Tier 2II Divisioona(Second Division)East GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
1972Tier 2II Divisioona(Second Division)East GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)8th
1973Tier 3II Divisioona(Second Division)East GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
1974Tier 3II Divisioona(Second Division)East GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)12thRelegated
1975Tier 4III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 2Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa)2nd
1976Tier 4III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 2Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa)5th
1977Tier 4III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 1Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa)1stPromoted
1978Tier 3II Divisioona(Second Division)East GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stPromoted
1979Tier 2I Divisioona(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)10thRelegation Group 6th - Relegation Playoff
1980Tier 2I Divisioona(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7thRelegation Group 1st
1981Tier 2I Divisioona(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4thPromotion Group 7th
1982Tier 2I Divisioona(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5thRelegation Group 1st
1983Tier 2I Divisioona(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)11thRelegation Group 6th - Relegated
1984Tier 3II Divisioona(Second Division)East GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6th
1985Tier 3II Divisioona(Second Division)West GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6th
1986Tier 3II Divisioona(Second Division)East GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
1987Tier 3II Divisioona(Second Division)West GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)11thRelegated
1988Tier 4III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 2Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa)3rd
1989Tier 4III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 2Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa)2nd
1990Tier 4III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 2Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa)9thRelegation Playoff - Relegated
1991Tier 5IV Divisioona(Fourth Division)Group 3 Helsinki & UusimaaHelsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa)9th
1992Tier 5IV Divisioona(Fourth Division)Group 3 Helsinki & UusimaaHelsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa)3rd
1993Tier 5Nelonen(Fourth Division)Group 3 Helsinki & UusimaaHelsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa)1stPromoted
1994Tier 4Kolmonen(Third Division)Section 1Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2ndPlayoffs – Promoted
1995Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2ndPromoted
1996Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5th
1997Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5thPromotion Group 9th
1998Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6thRelegation Group South 6th
1999Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5thPromotion Group 5th
2000Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7thRelegation Group South 6th
2001Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
2002Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rdLower Group South 3rd
2003Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
2004Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
2005Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stPromoted
2006Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
2007Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
2008Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
2009Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
2010Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
2011Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
2012Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
2013Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
2014Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)11thDid not get a new Veikkausliiga license due to finances. Continued in Kakkonen (Tier 3).
2015Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stPlayoffs – Not promoted
2016Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)Group BFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stPlayoffs – Promoted
2017Tier 2Ykkönen(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2ndPlayoffs – Promoted
2018Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
2019Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
2020Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th

[2]

Current squad

As of 16 March 2021. [3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
3 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Tapio Heikkilä
5 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Henri Aalto
6 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jerry Voutilainen
7 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jonas Levänen
8 MF Flag of The Gambia.svg  GAM Demba Savage
9 FW Flag of Cameroon.svg  CMR Jean Marie Dongou
10 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Lucas Kaufmann
11 FW Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Darren Smith
13 GK Flag of the United States.svg  USA Tim Murray
14 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Niilo Saarikivi
15 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Otto Ollikainen
16 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Konsta Rasimus
No.Pos.NationPlayer
17 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Rui Modesto
18 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Niklas Pyyhtiä
19 FW Flag of Colombia.svg  COL Juan Alegría
20 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Matias Rale
21 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Ville Koski
24 DF Flag of Ghana.svg  GHA Nasiru Banahene
26 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Dani Hatakka
28 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Otto Huuhtanen
31 DF Flag of Ghana.svg  GHA Edmund Arko-Mensah
33 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Duarte Tammilehto (captain)
88 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Otso Koskinen

Current youth players with first-team experience

As of 29 January 2021 [upper-alpha 1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
70 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Roope Paunio
No.Pos.NationPlayer
81 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Roope Pyyskänen

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Markus Uusitalo(at HIFK)
18 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Elmo Heinonen (at TPS)

Management

As of 19 February 2021. [4]

NameRole
Flag of Finland.svg Vesa Vasara Head coach
Flag of Finland.svg Sampo Koskinen Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Eemeli Reponen Goalkeeping coach
Flag of Finland.svg Juha SaavalainenKit manager
Flag of Finland.svg Harri KokkoFitness Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Max ThibaultPhysiotherapist and fitness coach
Flag of Finland.svg Hexi ArtevaGeneral manager

FC Honka Akatemia

FC Honka Akatemia is the reserve team of FC Honka. The team plays in Kakkonen in 2021 season.

As of 16 March 2021 [5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
12 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Max Eklund
36 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Azina Alingue
37 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Joslyn Luyeye-Lutumba
39 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Max Silvonen
41 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jimi Kovalainen
42 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Matias Kivikko
43 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jesse Nikki
44 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Idrissa Camara
46 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Noah Pallas
47 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Elias Äijälä
50 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Luca Weckström
51 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Anton Tuominen
54 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Amos Ramström
No.Pos.NationPlayer
58 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Aapo Venermo
60 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jasper Samooja
61 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Fidel Velasquez
65 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Niko Salminen
66 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Daniel Heikkinen
70 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Roope Paunio
73 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Aleksi Jännes
81 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Roope Pyyskänen
83 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Hannes Woivalin
86 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Pauli Katajamäki
87 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Benjamin Heikkinen
95 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Antti Könönen

Managers

See also

Footnotes

  1. Current youth players who at least have sat on the bench in a competitive match.

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